River Restoration Director

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Neponset River Watershed Association
Canton, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Full Job Description


The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) seeks a candidate for the full-time, permanent position of River Restoration Director.

NepRWA is a nonprofit environmental conservation group (www.neponset.org) working to protect and restore the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands located south and west of Boston. NepRWA pursues its goals through advocacy, education, technical assistance, environmental monitoring, and hands on restoration projects. The organization presently has nine staff (eight FTE).

Position Description

The River Restoration Director is a key member of NepRWA’s senior program staff. They plan and implement programs to restore the physical, chemical and biological integrity of local waterways and wetlands. They also provide scientific and/or engineering expertise to complement the legal, policy, political and communications expertise of other staff members.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Serve as project leader for a variety of assessment and/or implementation projects aimed at restoring aquatic, wetland and riparian habitats and/or increasing ecosystem resilience, including: removal of obsolete small dams, replacement of problem culverts, riparian re-vegetation, preservation and improvement of brook trout habitat in the watershed, salt marsh restoration, invasive species management, and remediation of contaminated stream sediments.
  • Plan and supervise NepRWA’s volunteer-based water quality monitoring program including regular monitoring, “hotspot” monitoring, data analysis, reporting to technical and non-nontechnical audiences, and working with relevant authorities to secure remediation of pollution sources.
  • Hire and supervise NepRWA’s Environmental Science Fellow, seasonal interns, and project subcontractors.
  • Prepare project plans and funding applications and manage grant contract reporting and compliance.
  • Provide technical support to colleagues as needed on stormwater management, hydrology, water conservation and other topics.
  • Build partnerships with municipal staff, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, private consultants and volunteers.
  • Assist communication and development staff to document results through writing, presentations, photography and social media.

This position requires occasional early morning or weekend sampling, and occasional participation in evening meetings or weekend events.


The successful candidate will have an unusual combination of technical, communication, and leadership skills. A master’s degree in ecological restoration, aquatic biology, ecology, hydrology, civil or environmental engineering, landscape architecture or a related field, plus at least two years of relevant work experience, or a relevant bachelor’s degree and five years work experience is required. It is unlikely that any one candidate will have extensive formal training in all the disciplines that are touched by this position, but they must have a strong foundation in at least one area and must be a lifelong learner who enjoys stepping outside their established areas of expertise.

They should be enthusiastic about the mission of the organization, motivated to achieve tangible results, and intrigued by the technical, social and political challenges involved in restoring an urban river. They must be self-motivated, and have excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal skills. They must be able to enunciate the policy and regulatory implications of watershed data and have the ability to connect effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences. They should be a capable project manager, who works well in a fast-paced team environment. They should be comfortable working independently, including in the field on uneven terrain, in a canoe and wading.

The candidate should have experience with ecological restoration methods, water quality monitoring, basic laboratory and data analysis, and be proficient with GIS. Experience with stormwater best management practices, green infrastructure, state and federal regulatory programs related to water and wetlands, streamflow monitoring, watershed modeling, grant contract management, working with municipalities and volunteers, and supervising junior staff and interns will all be invaluable.

This is an existing full-time, permanent position, which is available to commence work immediately. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes paid time off and health insurance plan. NepRWA is an equal opportunity employer and applications from under-represented communities and communities of color are strongly encouraged.

Application Procedure

To apply, send a resume, along with a cover letter explaining how the position would complement your career goals and how your talents and experience would help advance NepRWA’s efforts. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. The most recent posting will be maintained at www.neponset.org/about/employment and a notice will be posted promptly at that location once the position has been filled.

Responses should be directed via email to:

Ian Cooke, Executive Director

Neponset River Watershed Association

2173 Washington Street

Canton, MA 02021

Job Type: Full-time


  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
The office is largely closed, with staff working primarily from home. The position requires periodic socially distanced field work with colleagues / volunteers, and occasional in person distanced interaction with interns, trainees and project partners.

Ability to Commute/Relocate:

  • Canton, MA 02021 (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Stream and river restoration: 2 years (Preferred)

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity

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  • Temporarily due to COVID-19